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Henri Szeps OAM, born 2 October 1943, is an Australian actor best-known for his role as Robert Beare in the ABC comedy sitcom Mother and Son.
Szeps was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, he grew up in Paris and migrated to Australia when he was 8 years old. He gained degrees in Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney, during this time he studied acting at the Ensemble Theatre.
In the late 1960s and in early 1970 he had a very successful career in Australian television. In 1971 he went to the United Kingdom where he worked on various stage productions, television shows and films. In the mid 1970s he returned to Australia and starred in various television shows including Number 96, Kingswood Country, Skippy and Homicide. In 1983 he rose to fame throughout Australia and other countries as the despicable dentist Robert Beare in the comedy sitcom Mother and Son where he starred alongside Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald. In 1983 he won a Ruby Slipper (best children's film) award for directing Run Rebecca Run. In 1985 he won a Penguin award for best actor in the 1985 mini-series Palace Of Dreams. He played Harold Holt in the 1987 mini-series Vietnam. Throughout the 80s and 90s he appeared in various television shows such as A Country Practice, Stingers and All Saints.
Today Szeps occasionally gives acting courses at the Actors Centre in Sydney and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He is married to Mary Ann Severne and has 2 children named Amos and Josh. In one Mother and Son episode Amos played a cameo role as a patient named Sean.
In 2001, Szeps was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the arts, and to the community.
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